The anabolic diet is a kind of low carbohydrate diet based on forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, instead of carbohydrates. The diet cycles between long low-carb phases on weekdays and brief high-carb phases during weekends. It might be difficult to follow the anabolic diet and switching in between the low-and high-carb phases at the first place, however, with the approval of your doctor and some helpful guidance from health and nutrition professionals, you can implement the anabolic diet safely into your weight loss program.
1. Starting the diet.
When you start the anabolic diet, you will experience symptoms like dizziness and fatigue. The symptoms should fade after 24 to 48 hours, while, if they don’t, you need to consult your doctor immediately. Also, you might feel tired and lethargic as well, and this is because your body is learning to burn fat for energy rather than carbohydrates. Such tiredness should fade when you employ your first high-carb phase. In the meanwhile, do not overexert yourself. During the starting stage of the diet, you will also experience constipation and diarrhea as your body is making some adaptation. Please make sure to keep yourself hydrated and eat plenty of low-carb dark green vegetables such as spinach to boost your fiber intake. You are also recommended to take 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds each day or a fiber supplement to get yourself recommended daily amount of dietary fibers. In addition, you will experience strong carvings for carbs, but these cravings should lessen in several days if you ignore them and stick to your diet plan.
2. The low-carb phases.
During the low-carb phases, you should try to incorporate healthy low-carb vegetables or other healthy foods. Do not take the diet’s restrictions on low-carb foods as an excuse to indulge in foods that are low in carbs but high in saturated fats. Keep an eye on your condiments and some of the sugary condiments might be amazingly high in carbs. If you have strong cravings for sweets and soda, have some artificial sweeteners or diet soda to keep yourself on the diet.
3. The high-carb phases.
When you are on the high-carb phases, please make sure to eat healthy, high-fiber whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Foods like sugar, junk foods and white bread will not fuel your body for optimized results of weight loss. Don’t be tempted to skip the high-carb phase, because it is important to help replenish your stores of glycogen and re-fuel your workouts for the next week.
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